twenty minute studies and a blog break

art journal animal studies, arylic and graphite, Hali Karla Courage. Humility. Truth.

All values that these creature teachers have something to say about if we watch closely and listen with an open heart.

These are a few of the twenty minute painting studies I've been doing lately in one of my art journals. A great way to get present. To practice. To let the chaos of life roll off your shoulders.

I'll be taking a little break from the blog and most social media places.

I'll just be honest... it has not been an easy year for our family.

I need to re-charge, re-center, shift with the tides and get a little more quiet with my people, my painting, my prayers... while I narrow my outward focus to tending the beautiful offerings already in motion.

I'll be nourishing my own heart+practice by holding space for RELATE beginning on September 1. I am so grateful this is the offering coming up on the calendar - I need it right now myself. JOIN US?

Also ongoing, inspiring and soul-shifting is Spectrum 2015 - the Holistic Creative {Journaling} Circle. The last session of workshops goes out soon - and you can join us now for all 25 workshops and access, for the rest of the year, to the downloadable content from myself and the 24 wise+inspiring 2015 guest contributors. This program continues to amaze me at the depth and scope of its offering. I receive Thank Yous every week.

With that, Thank You - for stopping by and all your support in all the ways, visible and invisible. Many, many blessings to you, your loved ones and all the ways we get to grow and see the gifts of beauty in this dynamic journey.

I'll likely drop a line or two to my Holistic Creative Connection subscribers in the next week or two, and I'll see you back here at the blog in September. I am already looking forward to it!

Oh - and I'm betting I'll still share on IG a bit during this little hiatus - I do love it there as a daily eye-candy treat. Have we connected there?

with love,


Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible."

- Balthus